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AMC project under way

Work begins on wound care center

August 27, 2011
By CHRIS KNIGHT Senior Staff Writer , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Site preparation and demolition work got under way this week on Adirondack Medical Center's new $2.7 million wound-care center.

The 9,000-square-foot facility will be constructed on a one-acre parcel owned by the hospital off Old Lake Colby Road, near AMC's Physicians and Surgeons building.

Mark Yamrick, project manager for AMC, said crews began clearing the site on Monday, demolishing a collapsed barn on the property, taking down several trees and removing topsoil. An excavator was at work on the site Thursday, digging part of the building's foundation. A vacant house on the property will be demolished next week, Yamrick said.

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Boulders removed from the ground sit on the site of what will eventually be Adirondack Medical Center’s new wound-care center, off of Old Lake Colby Road in Saranac Lake. Standing at center are AMC Project Manager Mark Yamrick, left, and Communications Director Joe Riccio, looking over plans for the building.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

"We haven't run into any issues so far," he said. "Things are going pretty well."

The new facility will specialize in the treatment of patients who have chronic wounds, such as the elderly, people with diabetes and vascular disease and cancer patients who've undergone radiation treatment. The center would have a pair of hyperbaric chambers, which provide pressurized oxygen therapy that is designed to heal wounds quicker. The closest comparable facilities are in Ogdensburg and Glens Falls.

AMC's wound-care center will be housed in the first floor of the two-story building. The second floor will have physicians offices that the hospital plans to lease.

Yamrick said he expects construction of the building will be complete sometime in mid to late February. The project is being coordinated by DEW Construction Corporation, based in Williston, Vt.

Hospital officials said residents of Old Lake Colby Road should expect increased traffic on the road over the next few months due to the construction work.

Contact Chris Knight at 891-2600 ext. 24 or cknight@adirondack



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